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52 Cannes Gowns So Stunning, You'll Have to Remind Yourself to Breathe

May 10 2016 - 4:00am

While you'll surely spot a fabulous outfit at any ol' movie premiere, there's one event in particular where the glam doesn't stop: Cannes Film Festival. This nearly two-week-long gathering is always jam-packed with celebrities rocking stunning ensembles, from Blake Lively [1] in Gucci to Linda Evangelista's gold-spangled Lanvin.

So while we patiently wait to see what everyone shows up in this time around — keep in mind, there's a fashion festival, too!— keep scrolling to see the most iconic looks from yesteryear.

— Additional reporting by Justin Fenner

Lupita Nyong'o knew how to steal the spotlight in 2015, when she stepped out in a green Gucci gown: just give a little twirl!

Freida Pinto wore a vibrant, metallic, embellished Oscar de la Renta number in 2014.

Madonna [2] wore an ensemble designed by Jean Paul Gaultier — including one of the now-iconic cone-shaped bustiers he created for her — at the 1991 Cannes premiere of her movie In Bed With Madonna.

Jessica Biel [3] turned up the glamour for the Inside Llewyn Davis premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, wearing an ultratextured, strapless Marchesa dress cut to reveal a feather underlay with a bejeweled serpent collar necklace, Marchesa clutch, and nude pumps.

Fan Bingbing channeled her inner fairy princess when she attended the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere in a floral appliqué Marchesa gown. She even rocked a flower crown!

Blake Lively [4] wore a stunning Gucci Première ball gown to the 2014 Cannes premiere of Captives, which starred husband Ryan Reynolds [5].

Naomi Campbell [6] wore a custom Roberto Cavalli gown in 2010 for the Cannes premiere of Biutiful.

Salma Hayek [7] wore a strapless gray Gucci Premiere gown to the 2011 Cannes premiere of Midnight in Paris.

Natalie Portman [8] wore this dramatic Givenchy dress to the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS dinner at Cannes in 2008.

Fan Bingbing wore a heavily embroidered Christopher Bu gown to the 2012 Cannes premiere of Moonrise Kingdom.

Diane Kruger [9] wore a mint green Giambattista Valli gown at the 2012 Cannes premiere of Moonrise Kingdom.

Sienna Miller [10]'s style soared above the rest in 2015, when she attended the Sea of Trees premiere in a multicolored kite dress by Valentino.

Beyoncé Knowles wore a dress from her mother Tina's label House of Deréon to the 2006 premiere of Dreamgirls.

Tilda Swinton wore a copper Haider Ackermann gown to the 2012 Cannes premiere of Moonrise Kingdom.

Catherine Zeta-Jones [11] wore a pink gown for the 1999 Cannes premiere of her movie Entrapment.

Karolina Kurkova wore a Roberto Cavalli gown to the 2012 Cannes premiere of Killing Them Softly.

Kristen Stewart [12] wore a red Reem Acra gown at the 2012 Cannes premiere of Cosmopolis.

Cate Blanchett [13] wore an Alexander McQueen gown at the Cannes premiere of Robin Hood in 2010.

Laetitia Casta made headlines by wearing this silk kimono on the Cannes red carpet in 2001.

Uma Thurman [14] wore a white fringed Versace gown to the 2011 Cannes premiere of Midnight in Paris.

Freida Pinto wore a Michael Angel gown to the 2012 Cannes premiere of Moonrise Kingdom.

Emma Watson [15] looked perfectly elegant in a black-and-white silk crepon Chanel Haute Couture dress when she took to the red carpet at the 2013 Cannes premiere of The Bling Ring.

At the All Is Lost premiere at Cannes in 2013, Alessandra Ambrosio struck the fiercest pose she's got in an armor-like silver embellished long-sleeved gown by Roberto Cavalli.

Kirsten Dunst [16] chose a long-sleeved gown for the festival premiere of her movie Marie Antoinette in 2006.

Angelina Jolie [17] wore a nude Atelier Versace dress in 2009 for the Cannes premiere of Inglourious Basterds.

Eva Herzigova bared both legs in a dramatic dress from Anna Molinari at the 2006 Cannes premiere of The Da Vinci Code.

The train of the Marchesa gown Eva Longoria [18] wore to the 2012 Cannes premiere of Moonrise Kingdom got a lot of attention.

Marion Cotillard wore a soft, gold gown with a cutout back to the Cannes premiere of We Own the Night in 2007.

Kendall Jenner showed her midsection in a Calvin Klein Collection dress at 2015's amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Gala.

Naomi Watts [19] wore a Marchesa gown for a screening of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted during the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Zoe Saldana [20] attended the 2013 premiere of Blood Ties in a Valentino gown featuring a decadently embroidered gunmetal-gray overlay.

Dita von Teese [21] wore this plum dress to the premiere of Selon Charlie in 2006.

Audrey Tatou wore a white cocktail dress and jacket to the festival's gala dinner in 2006.

Gwyneth Paltrow [22] wore a midnight blue Chanel gown at the 2008 festival premiere of Two Lovers.

Linda Evangelista shimmered in gold Lanvin at the 2008 festival premiere of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Naomi Watts [23] made us swoon when she attended 2015's La Tete Haute premiere in a feathered Elie Saab creation.

Jessica Chastain wore a Zac Posen dress at the 2011 Cannes premiere of The Tree of Life.

Princess Diana chose a simple blue chiffon dress by Catherine Walker for the festival in 1987. It was reportedly meant as an homage to a gown Princess Grace of Monaco wore in Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief.

Nicole Kidman [24] wore a Pucci dress to the 2003 Cannes premiere of Dogville.

Kate Beckinsale [25] wore a Marchesa gown in 2010 for the Cannes premiere of Robin Hood.

Michelle Williams [26] wore a pale pink Chanel couture gown at the afterparty for Blue Valentine in 2010.

Rachel McAdams [27] wore a sheer Marchesa gown for the 2011 Cannes premiere of Midnight in Paris.

Diane Kruger [28] wore her own version of the "naked dress" on The Sea Of Trees red carpet, stepping out in a sequin-embellished Prada design.

Penélope Cruz [29] wore a Marchesa gown for the 2011 Cannes premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Proving she really is a style golden girl [30], Olivia Palermo went full-carat-ahead in a long Roberto Cavalli gown and jacket for the 2013 Immigrant premiere.

Gwen Stefani [31] wore a Giorgio Armani dress to the 2011 Cannes premiere of This Must Be the Place.

Mindy Kaling had her 2015 monochromatic set designed for her by her The Mindy Project costume designer, Salvador Perez.

Cara Delevingne amped up the sex appeal in a body-con Burberry gown with a plunging neckline at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Charlize Theron [32] wore a seafoam Christian Dior gown at the 2004 premiere of De Lovely.

Erin Wasson wore an Antonio Berardi gown to the 2012 Cannes premiere of Amour.

Jennifer Lopez [33] wore a pink Roberto Cavalli gown to the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala in 2010.

Kate Moss [34] walked the red carpet with former love Johnny Depp [35] in a feather-trimmed LBD, which later inspired a piece for her Topshop collection.


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